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School board hears various budget 'what-ifs'

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 2nd, 2013

South Lane School District Superintendent Krista Parent offered a report full of uncertainty and various “what-if” scenarios for the school board at its April 1 meeting Monday.

Much of the uncertainty concerned the District’s 2013-14 budget, portions of which depend on the outcome of the legislative session currently broiling at the State Capitol in Salem.

Parent began her report on another note, though, by explaining her understanding of House Bill 2220, which passed last legislative session and essentially states that a student’s grades cannot be based on anything but academic performance (to the exclusion of behavior or attendance issues, for example.)

“This is pretty new, and I’m guessing most teachers don’t even know about it,” Parent said. “We recently had sessions at a couple of conferences to hear what this means, what districts have to do. First, they have to take behavior or attendance measures out of grading. They also have to provide to parents an annual report on the progress of each student as measured against the skills of their particular grade level.”

Parent said such a progress report could probably not be simply a report card as the District currently defines that term, as report cards typically don’t detail a student’s progress compared with standards for their grade level. She said the report would more likely come to parents as an addition to the typical report card.

For the complete article see the 04-03-2013 issue.

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